I'm a big fan of Jenny Komenda's at Little Green Notebook. I'm pretty sure anyone who reads design blogs is familiar with her. She has a great design sense and the most amazing ability to create DIY's that are both easy and beautiful. I have been known to copy a few of them at our house (see here)!
We had a big box store fixture hanging over our dining room table that came with the house when we bought it 5 years ago, and it was fine, but nothing special. I didn't want to spend much on a new one so a DIY seemed like a good idea. Jenny created a Sputnik fixture that I thought brought just the right amount of modern for my living/dining room.
Ikea PS Maskros fixture. We opted for the smaller size for our dining room, and while it doesn't cast a lot of light, it gets a lot of attention! We find the amount of light is fine for our size space, and we usually have lamps on in other parts of the living room/dining room so it hasn't proven to be a problem, but we'll see what I say when it's dark at 5pm in January.
Cam and I made this together in one evening. The longest part is waiting for the spray paint to dry. This is one of those projects that comes together easily and quickly. I highly recommend it. Jenny hung a large one in her office, but I also think this would look great in a bedroom or an entry if your ceilings are high enough.
What do you think?
If you want to learn how to make your own, click here.